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Balsa Gliders – Getting Started Package

SKU: W35622
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$135.00 (USD)
Availability: In Stock


This Getting Started package has enough materials for a classroom of 30 students, including our Metric Glider book; the Dr. Zoon Balsa Glider video; and a FlightPak complete with materials for designing, prototyping, building, and testing gliders.

Looking for standards-based activities to accompany these materials? The Balsa Gliders Teacher’s Guide is available for print here, or you can download a digital copy for free here.


Type: Multi-Student Project Packs Grades: 6-12


  • California Proposition 65 Warning:

    WARNING: This product contains one or more chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer, birth defects, and other reproductive harm.


Learning Values

  • Aerodynamics
  • Force and motion
  • Center of gravity/pressure
  • Construction techniques
  • Materials science
  • Problem-solving
  • Technological design
  • Scale and structure
  • Modeling
  • Ratios
  • Surface area
  • Measurements


  • Students Served: 30
  • Tools Required: Hobby knife and ruler

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“The project (in its entirety) relied heavily on students’ abilities to use logic, problem-solving, and critical thinking as they built a prototype and then redesigned for a ‘better’ glider. Some students focused on aesthetics, some on speed, and others on precision and measurement. I do believe that my classes realized that geometry plays a huge role in our world, and they were exposed to potential careers that could be interesting and fun.”

– Priscilla Narvaez Griggs, geometry teacher, Edison Preparatory High School, Tulsa, Oklahoma